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Shooting at DC’s Catholic University campus kills Kentucky teacher

A 25-year-old high school teacher from Kentucky, Maxwell Emerson, has been identified as the victim of a fatal shooting that took place on the Catholic University of America’s Washington DC campus. According to University President Peter Kilpatrick, Emerson taught social studies at Oldham County School and was not a faculty member or student of the university. The incident took place at approximately 8 a.m. on July 5, when two men, one of whom was Emerson, entered the campus and engaged in a confrontation. The other man, who remains unidentified at this time, shot Emerson in the plaza before fleeing on foot. Police believe that the two individuals were acquainted with each other, as noted by Kilpatrick. The university’s Department of Public Safety and emergency services responded to the scene and provided initial medical assistance, but unfortunately, Emerson succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital.

Catholic News Agency reports:

The victim of Wednesday’s fatal shooting on the school’s Washington, DC campus was 25-year-old Maxwell Emerson of Crestwood, Kentucky, according to an update provided by University President Peter Kilpatrick.

Emerson was a social studies teacher at Oldham County High School in Kentucky and was not a student or member of the faculty, Kilpatrick said. Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the shooter, which the department offers for all homicide investigations.

At about 8 a.m. on July 5, two men walked onto the school’s campus from Michigan Avenue and got into an altercation, Kilpatrick said. One of the men, who has not yet been publicly identified, shot the other man, Emerson, in the plaza in front of Father O’Connell Hall, and fled on foot.

Police believe that the two men knew each other, Kilpatrick noted. The university’s Department of Public Safety and emergency services that were called to the scene provided first aid, but Emerson died at a local hospital from the injuries.

“While we thank God no campus community members were hurt in this incident, we pray for the individual who senselessly lost his life,” Kilpatrick said in the statement. “Every human life is made in the image and likeness of God, and we pray for the end of such violence and to help build up a culture that treasures all life.”

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